Sometimes we really don't have the words to truly express how we feel in any given moment. I have sat here trying to eloquently say the words "thank you", but I honestly don't know how to do that. On Saturday, we participated in our 3rd Special Olympics of NJ Polar Bear Plunge and it was BY FAR, our biggest and best year yet. Team CAT Crew (created in honor of our beautiful little boy, Colin Allan Tobin) had 81 official members and prior to the plunge, had raised just over $45,000. I know that some of our members brought additional donations with them to the plunge, so our amount should continue to raise over the next month or so.
This was the first year that we could honestly say that it was cold. Although the air temperature was about 40 degrees, it was incredibly windy and made for some uncomfortable conditions. Colin and Kailey spent the morning with us, but due to the conditions, we ended up sending them home with my mom. Kailey was so miserable and although I think Colin would have made it, the crowd was very challenging to deal with, especially considering we would have been bringing a wagon onto the beach. It. was. cold. However, when you are doing it for a specific reason, anything is tolerable.
Because of so many brave individuals plunging into the Atlantic on a very windy February day, as a united group, we helped the Special Olympics of NJ to raise the most amount of money yet with around $1.4 million dollars. Million!
Below are many pictures from the day thanks to our Team Captain Jorie Gallagher (and great friend of mine)...